Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

View WPJA photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope | Choose love, not fear!

North Carolina Wedding Photographers

Find Your North Carolina Wedding Photographer

Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington, High Point, Greenville, Asheville, Chapel Hill

North Carolina Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our North Carolina wedding photographer vendors have expressed their desire to accommodate couples who don’t want to wait to be married and are rushing the ceremony.

Many brides and grooms around the globe are planning to elope and deciding to reschedule their original ideas for a big event because of current wedding size restrictions, social distancing, and mask requirements. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.

The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, documentary-style North Carolina wedding photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
November 29th, 2021
Lake wedding photographer | Bridal portrait in the rugged terrain of the mountains
November 22nd, 2021
Maceio, Alagoas BW church wedding photography | the bride walks triumphantly into the cathedral
November 15th, 2021
Wedding Portrait Photographer for Rapolano Terme, Tuscany | posing for a portrait that felt secretive

Elopement Photographers for Small North Carolina Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small North Carolina wedding event is a wedding photojournalist’s dream: a fairly open schedule with lots of breathing space for creativity – it’s just the photographer, the couple, the officiant, and perhaps a few select companions.

United States WPJA members are ready to document any themed, small, quick, or elopement wedding, even if it is a Monday-Thursday ceremony. Search for the “Can Shoot Weddings on Short Notice!” message on the listings below.

We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your casual, symbolic, non-traditional, small wedding from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other event that we have covered. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, telling your real love story, as well as creating artistic portraits and details.

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving North Carolina Couples

21 North Carolina Wedding Photographers...

Joyce Perlman

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
4200 (USD)
Engagement, elopement and wedding photography by Samantha Moore of So Many Moments LLC

Samantha Moore

Sarasota in Florida, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
2950 (USD)
USA wedding, pre-wedding and elopement photography by Jennifer Catron

Jennifer Catron

Fredericksburg in Virginia, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
2300 (USD)

Robert Walker

Dallas in Texas, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
2400 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photography by Edward Underwood

Edward Underwood

Washington DC in District Of Columbia, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
3000 (USD)

Eva Russo

Fairfax in Virginia, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
3400 (USD)

Dan Harris

Jacksonville in Florida, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
300/hour (USD)
Wedding elopement photography by Bryan Aleman - L'amour Artistic Wedding Media

Bryan Aleman

Pigeon Forge in Tennessee, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
250/hour (USD)
Wedding and Elopement Photographer Rosina DiBello

Rosina DiBello

Deerfield Beach in Florida, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
3500 (USD)
Creative wedding images by Nathan Whitworth

Nathan Whitworth

Greenville in South Carolina, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
2199 (USD)
Artistic wedding photography by Stephanie Sonju

Stephanie Sonju

Boynton Beach in Florida, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
2800 (USD)
Wedding ceremony photography by Marissa Daly of Marissa Joy Photography

Marissa Daly

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking North Carolina weddings.
3800 (USD)

North Carolina Wedding Elopement Picture Stories

View WedElope Image Galleries by North Carolina Wedding Photographers from Small Events and Intimate Elopements.

North Carolina Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

Are you ready to find a creative and talented North Carolina wedding photographer for an engagement portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own North Carolina pre-wedding photography? Pro members from the North Carolina Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my North Carolina wedding day?
A: While wedding photojournalists strive to capture candid moments on the wedding day, our photographers also are skilled artists who can compose powerful portraits. If you have a specific vision of what types of images you want from your wedding day, look at the top-ranked North Carolina wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
Q: How can couples find North Carolina photographers for pre-wedding engagement portraits?
A: The WPJA issues Diamond Awards for North Carolina wedding photographers to showcase their best engagement photography work. These awards are given to photographers who prove that they have an ability to be creative, artistic, and intuitive while working on-location with couples who are newly engaged.
Q: Who are the best North Carolina wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top North Carolina documentary wedding photographers for elopements. Our members are able to submit WedElope Stories that take you step-by-step, via a 9 image picture story, through the unique and moving elopements that take place around the world.
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND North Carolina WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Corley & Don

Photo by Neil Thurston

Hi Neil and Lisa, Don and I are beyond thrilled with our pictures! The quality, detail, and beauty of the pictures is just so obvious. Aside from all those things, we love that you captured the sequence of events in a photojournalistic fashion. I've gotten comments from many of my friends/family that these are the best pictures they have ever seen, and of course we are just so proud that they are our pictures. I also have to chuckle a little because you guys were such an organized but chill vendor and as a project manager myself, I know how much preparation you both did behind the scenes to make that work. We couldn't be any happier and if you ever need a reference - email, phone, whatever - please do not hesitate to call.

Kaleigh & Brent

Photo by James Nix

Brent and I, as well as our entire family and friends, are absolutely in love with all of our pictures... People have told us our pictures look like they are out of a magazine. All of our pictures truly document our wedding day from start to finish even including all of the small details. We couldn't be more pleased... Thank you so much James!

Neil GT Photography Outer Banks Wedding Photographer

Teri and Michael

Photo by Neil Thurston

Thank you so incredibly much for everything! Everyone that sees our pictures says WOW! and that we just radiate happiness, and that is the perfect compliment because that's exactly how we felt and you captured it perfectly! We will cherish these photos forever. Hopefully our paths cross again one day, perhaps for family photos!